Pineapple Awards open for nominations

POSTED: 09/7/16 10:05 AM

St.maarten – The 11th Annual Crystal Pineapple Awards Fundraising Gala, organized by the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association, officially opened its nomination period yesterday; it closes on Friday September 30. The award ceremony is scheduled for Saturday November 19 and focuses on branding St. Maarten. The event will incorporate national elements which showcase the beauty and uniqueness of the island.

The Crystal Pineapple Awards is the only event on the island that recognizes hospitality and trade personnel, organizations and associations, for their contribution towards the tourism industry, the island’s main economic pillar. Directly and indirectly tourism employs 87% of the local workforce.

“The SHTA will be pulling out all the stops to highlight those persons within the industry who deserve to be honored. The media marketing campaign will be expanded this year to provide the community with ample opportunity to nominate and vote for their candidates,” the organization stated in a press release.

Each year employers and the general public are requested to nominate persons in various categories. The categories are evaluated and adjusted each year to reflect the various business sectors. For this edition the SHTA has add the category Best Taxi/Tour person.

“There are so many great persons within our industry. They should be recognized and highlighted. It’s about appreciating people and hopefully inspiring others to do their best no matter the position. We all play a part in maintaining our tourism industry,” the press release states.

The following categories are open for nominations.
Accommodations division: Employee and Manager of the year

Restaurant division: Employee, Chef, Bartender of the year

Trade: Employee and Manager of the year.

Special awards: Outstanding Community Service Achievement, Best Customer Service Rep, Taxi/Tour person of the year, Entertainer of the Year and Sales person Of the year.

The nomination form and category qualifications can be found on the SHTA website

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